Pakistan to seek Afghan Taliban leader's help to control TTP
- In Reports
- 06:35 PM, Feb 04, 2023
- Myind Staff
A desperate Pakistan has sought Afghan Taliban chief Haibuttallah Akhundzada's intervention to control the outlawed Pakistani Taliban outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) responsible for a wave of terror attacks in the country, including the recent Peshawar mosque explosion that claimed the lives of over 100 people, news agency PTI reported.
Besides Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in particular, Balochistan and the Punjab town of Mianwali are witnessing a drastic increase in terror attacks.
In the Peshawar mosque attack on Monday, a TTP suicide bomber blew himself up during the afternoon prayers, killing 101 people and injuring more than 200 others.
Although the TTP has denied its involvement in Monday’s suicide blast, a briefing given to the Apex Committee suggested that the banned outfit was indeed the mastermind of the attack, The Express Tribune reported.
Pakistan's interior minister Rana Sanaullah, who attended Friday's meeting, said the masterminds of the Peshawar Mosque attack could be in Afghanistan, and added that the federal government would raise this issue with their Afghan counterparts, the report said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday acknowledged the failure to avert the Peshawar carnage that killed over 100 people and called for "national unity" to tackle the menace.
"There is a need for unity across the political spectrum. This act of terrorism managed to breach the security check post and reach the mosque. We should not feel hesitant in admitting the facts," Sharif said at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities claimed to have made an "important breakthrough" in its probe into the Peshawar Mosque attack by identifying the suicide bomber through his DNA samples. Police said the DNA test was conducted and the investigators are trying to trace the family of the bomber.
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